Public historians have numerous stakeholders in the history they present and interpret, all with set agendas and bias.
Public historians working with corporate histories experience another layer of expectations of how history should be interpreted.
Neil Dahlstrom of the Deere and Company Archives reflects on the unique challenges corporate historians face and provides his own example of how he maintained his role as a historian and an employee of a corporate archive.
While writing a history of the John Deere Company, Dahlstrom followed numerous steps to ensure that the history he presented did not simplify the company’s past but also respected his role as a corporate archivist.
His reflections serve as a useful example for those working in corporate institutions and a lesson for others in the field.